New partnership

STV takes stake in drama producer Two Cities


New partnership

STV Productions has acquired a minority equity stake in drama producer Two Cities Television, the company behind critically acclaimed Patrick Melrose, commissioned by Sky Atlantic and CBS Showtime and starring Benedict Cumberbatch.

The partnership will further enhance STV’s production capabilities in drama whilst providing Two Cities with creative and financial support as the business grows in scale in the UK and internationally. 

Both companies are also strongly positioned to address the growing market for drama production from the Nations and Regions, with STV Productions based in Scotland and London, and Two Cities based in Northern Ireland and London.  Through the deal STV will have the opportunity to increase its initial 25% stake to a majority interest over the next three years.

Founded in 2016, Two Cities is led by Michael Jackson, formerly Controller of BBC One and BBC Two, CEO of Channel 4, President of Programming at USA Entertainment and Chairman of Universal Television, and Creative Director Stephen Wright, formerly Head of Drama for BBC Northern Ireland where was executive producer of Line of Duty and The Fall and commissioned Bodyguard.

With a strong development slate, Two Cities is currently developing a series based on Michael Wolff’s Donald Trump epic Fire and Fury in partnership with Topic Studios and a drama for the BBC based on David Burke’s book, The Spy Who Came In From The Co-Op: Melita Norwood and the Ending of Cold War Espionage, alongside a range of other returnable series and high profile international events.

STV Productions’ in-house drama team, led by Creative Director of Drama, Sarah Brown, has enjoyed recent successes including critically acclaimed TV film Elizabeth is Missing (BBC One), starring Glenda Jackson who made her return to television after 27 years.  

Earlier this year, four-part legal thriller, The Victim, (BBC One), starring Kelly Macdonald, broke all-time consolidated ratings records. STV Productions also has an exclusive partnership in place with celebrated drama producer Elaine Collins (Vera, ITV and Shetland, BBC One).

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